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A Buyer's Guide to Sugar Substitutes

The good, the bad and the unacceptable.

According to a recent survey, seven out of 10 adults say they want to reduce or avoid added sugars. To do so, they’re turning to sweeteners that deliver zero or minimal calories. Data from Mintel, a market research group in Chicago, shows that while sales of caloric sweeteners like sugar have been declining in recent years, sales of “diet”-friendly substitutes have skyrocketed, increasing by about 50 percent from 2000 to 2006. And since 66 percent of Americans are overweight and 20.8 million have diabetes, even many health experts are advocating the use of these sugar substitutes.

 

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google for a web documentary called Sweet Misery and take the time to watch it - its is revealing and made me dump out all the aspartame diet sodas and splenda in our pantry. FDA is not a friend to consumers.

Anonymous

03/02/2014 - 6:07pm

I find that i use less Splenda in a recipe than sugar because it is sweeter. If a recipe call for one cup
i use 3/4 cup of Splenda.

Anonymous

09/11/2011 - 4:30pm

Aspartame is a dangerous drug and should not be consumed. The FDA knew it was a dangerous drug known to cause cancer and they banned it when it was introcduce in the mid-late 70's. It wasn't until the CEO of the company that produced aspartame, a man by the name of Donald Rumsfeld, was appointed as the Secretary of Defense that it became legal. After taking office, Mr. Rumsfeld had some of the top people at the FDA fired and replaced them with people who would approve aspartame.

There are people who want you to believe that it is perfectly safe because it is used in such small quantities. The problem is that aspartame is used in more then 50,000 food and beverages from sugar free candy to Dorito's chips to childrens chewable vitamins. All of it contains aspartame.

Anonymous

06/16/2011 - 4:59pm

Have you considered testing Whey Low? I have been very happy with it in drinks, baking, and ice cream.

Anonymous

07/08/2010 - 4:24pm

I agree with the previous post! I use splenda in a pound cake recipe and it is wonderful. Like any of the sugar substitutes you have to "work" with the recipe. It is worth the effort.

Anonymous

06/14/2010 - 10:19am

Hi, I don't know who's doing the baking for you, but I have used splenda in cookies as well as other baked goods and they turn out beautifully! Maybe your baker forgot to put them in the oven? :)

Anonymous

09/21/2009 - 11:26pm

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